February 15, 2015 (Vol. 35, No. 4)
Strong Points: Beautiful infographics
Weak Points: None
What happens when you combine a background in molecular biology with artistic talent? You get Eleanor Lutz, the very talented author/designer of the Tabletop Whale blog. This blog—billed as a “year-long infographic design project”—houses beautifully crafted scientific illustrations on topics ranging from animal flight, to butterfly species, to the breathing mechanisms of various animals. Beyond including the educational infographics (citations included), Lutz has also included some tutorials describing how she goes about creating the animations. (Reading through these tutorials really makes you appreciate them even more!) An excellent example of applying clear graphics to illustrate scientific concepts, Tabletop Whale is a great website that is definitely worth a visit (or multiple visits)!